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Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health
Course: BHS185

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Exploration of cultural diversity and its potential impact on behaviors, emotions, cognitions and perceptions, relationships, and values. Intercultural communication skills through the examination of cultural and racial diversity, sexual and gender identity, social justice, and religious and spiritual diversity. Consideration of its implications for the therapeutic process and the importance of self-awareness and effective communication skills for professionals in the behavioral health and social sciences.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define culture and describe multiculturalism. (I)
2. Compare and contrast culture, race and ethnicity. (I)
3. Explain culture`s impact on human behavior, emotions, cognitions and perceptions, communication, and values. (I)
4. Provide examples of distinctions between subsets of population that have different cultural profiles based on such factors as their race, age, sex, sexual orientation/identity, and/or their mental, emotional, or physical traits. (I)
5. Describe how stereotypes and prejudices/biases impact individuals` attitudes and behaviors. (II)
6. Demonstrate awareness, of one`s own personal, cultural values, beliefs and biases toward groups that are different and explain the implications particularly for those in helping professions. (III)
7. Explain the roles of both culture and professional helpers in the therapeutic process of change and healing. (III)
8. Describe methods of helping and healing within ethnic, cultural, and racial groups. (III)
9. Demonstrate best practices for facilitating communication between individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. (IV)
10. Demonstrate the process of trust and rapport-building with clients who are different from oneself. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to culture
   A. Definitions
      1. Culture
      2. Race
      3. Ethnicity
   B. Multiculturalism`s influence
      1. Environment
      2. Evolution
      3. Society
   D. Impact on individuals
      1. Behavior
      2. Emotions
      3. Cognitions and perceptions
      4. Communication
      5. Values
      6. Identity
   E. Differences between subsets of people
      1. Race
      2. Religion
      3. Culture
      4. Language
      5. Religion
      6. Color
      7. Sex
      8. Sexual Orientation
      9. Age
   E. Profiles of special populations
      1. Hearing impaired
      2. Mobility impaired
      3. Visual impaired
      4. Learning disabled
      5. Mentally disabled
      6. Emotionally handicapped
      7. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and sexual minority Clients
      8. Women
II. Ethnocentrism and discrimination
   A. Isolationist behavior
   B. Stereotypes
   C. Prejudice
   D. Xenophobia
   E. Bias blindness
   F. Racism
III. Personal awareness and professional development
   A. Reflection and self-assessment
      1. Personal cultural identities
      2. Cultural assumptions
      3. Biases
      4. Value differences
   B. Implications for professional interactions/relationships
IV. Theoretical multicultural models in behavioral health and social services
   A. Strengths perspective
   B. Empowerment model
   C. Ecological system perspective
V. Cultural considerations in professional helping relationships
   A. Potential barriers to effective communication
   B. Language
   C. Creating safety
   D. Building therapeutic rapport
   E. Establishing trust
   F. Format of services
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2020

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